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Music Theatre


Jillian Carey ’10

Class Year



Theatre for the Musical Stage

Current home

Columbia, SC

Current position

Academic Advisor for School of Music at the University of South Carolina. 

Jillian advises all undergraduate students in the school of music in course scheduling, staying on track within their chosen degree path, providing timelines to graduation, and acting as a liaison to various resources both in the School of Music and across campus, especially for first year students.

What have you enjoyed most about your career?

Being a first point of contact for my students. It brings me immense joy to be able to give a student guidance towards the many resources our campus has to offer to make them as successful as possible. Also, being able to sit one on one and work with a student and not only help them find courses that meet degree requirements, but that they will enjoy.

How did Carthage prepare you?

Even though I work on a large campus now, I will always remember the community that Carthage created for me as a student and I encourage my students now to take advantage of creating and leaning on a community of peers to add to their success as an individual student. I also believe that my time working as an Orientation leader really have come into play as I work in an advising role during Freshman orientation now-Understanding how overwhelming all of the information, new environment, and new people everywhere can be has been very valuable as I help new students transition from high school to college. and of course, I am constantly using all of the skills I have gained from my degree to keep students (and parents) entertained while presenting important information, communicating with them throughout the process, and having a solid foundation in music and experience as a music student was a key factor in understanding the many nuances that come with this position.

How has your liberal arts education helped you?

As an academic advisor, I utilize almost every liberal arts skill you can think of on a daily basis with my students. A few examples: Communication is incredibly important when working with students who are completely new to the college academic settings to make sure they are on the right track right from the start. I am constantly having to think about problems from multiple angles when it comes to piecing together a students course schedule with other involvement (Such as ensembles, marching band, organizations). Having been taught in a “hands-on” manner, I take that approach with the students I work with-encouraging them to take their degree into their own hands and showing them step by step how to create their own timelines and locate the classes that will meet degree requirements while allowing them to get the most out of their academic experience.

Tips for current Carthage students:

Don’t be afraid to try something new. This is the time to do it. Take a step outside of your comfort zone and audition for that part, ensemble, whatever it might be. Regardless of the outcome, you will learn from the experience and who knows? You might just find yourself coming back for more! ~Use the resources that are included with your tuition on campus-for example, the Library has so much more than books if you take the time to find out! ~Give yourself time for “fun”. Part of the college experience is creating lasting friendships, memories, and adventures. Do one of the above at least once a week! ~It isn’t always going to be easy. But, you have the support of your faculty, the staff, your mentors, and friends-remember to lean on them when the going gets rough, and help them when their going isn’t easy either!

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2018), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

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    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

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    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …